Reviews and Problems with XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB
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not sure if i'd go with them again
Sky S., Newegg
15 July 2013
Pros: bought 4 of them and 3 of them worked.... well 2 worked as expected and the 3rd does ok if I don't have it running with the other 2.
Cons: you can't put 4 of these on the same motherboard. At least I couldn't, one of them never worked at all, 2 of them would run and the 3rd would overheat the second they were all running. That's with a 20" house fan blowing right on them. Maybe I just got a couple duds. But the RMA process for XFX i...
Summary: I bought my XFX 7970 BE from tigerdirect but felt compelled to drop a review here. I was quite disappointed with this card. First, you can't overclock this card as it is voltage locked. You can tweak it only slightly in AMD Overdrive or MSI Afterburner before it will crash.
Summary: I will update this if AMD ever gets around to fixing the problem. I have had the card a year now and sad to say no fixes. Loved this card it runs flawless in BF3 with every setting set to ultra. I was using 60hz monitors never showed a problem it was awesome until I moved to a 120hz monitor.
Summary: I'm returning this card! After two weeks using the card it now refuses to boot. Not only did it fail working, but while it was working it has poor cooling and is VERY limited for overclocking compared to my HD7970 PowerColor DD card. Now I wish I hadn't wasted my time with this card.
Summary: Other than the artifacting of the card it is an extremely nice looking and powerful card, but it seems to be a common problem that this card has from looking at the other reviews on this site.
Pros: Run basically every game on max settings, doesn't get too hot usually in the range of 60-70 celcius when running graphic intensive games like the Witcher 2 and Crysis 3. It also isn't very loud which is a plus, only get loud when the fans are above 50%.
Cons: There aren't really that many cons as it is a great card but recently these past two months after have the card for about 9 months the card has been artifacting like crazy where a whole monitor will get these gray lines all across the screen and won't go away until I reset my PC. It is disappoint...
Summary: Read our reviews. Heed them. The ONLY reason I bought this card is because it was the only 7970 in stock at the time. Save yourself a headache (and in my case $450) and wait or buy something else entirely. My wife's PC has one of the original Visiontek 7970s from release week still running strong.
Pros: Not many when it worked. Performed slightly better than my 5870 Crossfire I "upgraded" from. The heatsink/fans SEEMED impressive, but obviously didn't do its job.
Cons: Where to begin? SUPER hot, rather loud (when it worked), oh and died 2 hours after my return window closed. Also, out of the box had several loose screws some of which being the primary screws around the actual GPU. Should have sent it back right then and there, but I had faith that the unit woul...
Summary: It really seemed awesome right out of the package . For a few weeks it was great in crossfire with my original Radeon 7970 , but then it started overheating and artifacting. So since XFX doesn't allow the user to remove heatsink and put fresh TIM on their cards, I had to send it back.
Summary: This is the first AMD card I have owned in the last 10 years. Only bought the card for the awesome free games. Thanks to XFX this will be my last. There is no point in spending the money and wasting all your time with RMAing this card because they will just send you another defective product.
Pros: Works well when there is no artifacts. Runs cool
Cons: I'll make this quick since countless others have posted pretty much the same thing I was going to talk about. -Artifacts from the get go (in all games) -RMA'd first card just to get another identical card which I was told I was supposed to be getting the first series of card with the single DVI. ...
Summary: Newegg was AMAZING at handling the RMA, and took it back and refunded me. I had to pay for the games it came with though, which was irksome, but w/e I was going to buy them anyways. I replaced it with a GTX 670 OC from gigabyte and that is running like a dream.
Pros: Was amazing in the games that it worked with.
Cons: Many games (including the games it came with Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3) would run amazingly for 5-10 minutes then crash, lock the computer, or BSOD. I was running everything on the latest drivers etc, windows 8 64bit, and with adequate power. The card just couldn't handle running some games....